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Oct 5, 2017

Eight Health Council members will be completing their terms at the end of 2017, which is why new members are needed. The council is particularly in need of members who understand the health care needs of underserved groups such as low-income residents, people dealing with mental health or substance issues, or Native American families.

Sep 26, 2017
This series of events, called Regional Tourism Economic Summits, kicked off on Monday, September 25, 2017 in Silver City. The group will be in Sandoval County this Friday, September 29, 2017.  The public is encouraged to attend and bring thoughts about tourism in the local community.
Sep 18, 2017

The Sandoval County Commission will approve 2017 property tax rates this week—and county taxpayers will be pleased to know those rates are lower than they have been in many years.

These lower rates are due largely to two specific factors:
• Sandoval County voters decided in last year’s election to discontinue the 4.25 mill levy going to local hospitals
• The Sandoval County Assessor’s office completed a county-wide property reappraisal project that added many    new properties to the tax rolls, thus allowing rates across the county to be reduced.

 

 

Sep 12, 2017
Locally, this effort is being undertaken a group of communities in what has been dubbed the Mid Central Rural Corridor. Those communities include the rural areas of Bernalillo, Sandoval and Los Alamos Counties.
Sep 11, 2017
With his wife Karen holding the bible on which he rested his left hand, James F. Holden-Rhodes took the oath administered by Judge Louis P. McDonald, the chief judge of Sandoval District Court.
Sep 6, 2017
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez appointed James Holden-Rhodes to the county comiision on August 28, 2017.
Aug 30, 2017
Holden-Rhodes retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after 31 years of military service in the U.S. Marine Corps and Army. He earned a Master of Public Administration degree and a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Aug 30, 2017

The purpose of the test is to validate telephone numbers in the database. During the last countywide call out, emergency management officials noticed several numbers that were not connected.

Those numbers that connected will not be tested, only those that officials could not reach. There is no need for action if you receive the call, emergency personnel are merely testing the system to ensure it is operational as needed, and to encourage additional residents to enroll to receive future notifications.

Aug 25, 2017
The CNM Sandoval County Digital Media Lab is located on CNM’s Rio Rancho campus. It operates under a partnership between the college and the county. The lab is expected to support economic development in the county in multiple ways.
Aug 23, 2017
Marion Lustig is a retired senior volunteer. She also is the winner of the 2017 New Mexico Conference on Aging Public Service Award. She received the award on August 16, during the annual Conference on Aging sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Aging and Long-Term Services.
Jun 27, 2017


“We are taking these steps because of the persistent high temperatures and dry conditions that already have contributed to a busy fire season,” said Sandoval County Fire Chief James Maxon

Jun 16, 2017

“This is an incredible program,” says Brigadier General Kenneth A. Nava of the New Mexico National Guard. “The kids in the program learn self-discipline. They learn how to take care of themselves and how to interact with other people. We take before and after pictures (of each enrollee), and at the end of the program, they don’t look like the same person. There is a mental and physical transformation.”

Jun 16, 2017
The 2017 scholars accepted checks ranging from $1,000 to $1,500 at county commission’s June 1, 2017 meeting.
Jun 1, 2017

“This project has been five years in the making,” Denise King, manager of Sandoval County Senior Programs, told the crowd assembled in Bernalillo’s Rotary Park for the groundbreaking.  The new, 7,200-square-foot facility is expected to open in the spring of 2018. It will replace the near century-old building at 255 S Camino Del Pueblo that currently serves as the Bernalillo Senior Center.

Jun 1, 2017

The Sandoval County Commission agreed to hire Maes by unanimous vote at its May 18, 2017 meeting. She agreed to sign a two-year contract to serve as county manager at a salary of $125,000 per year. 

May 22, 2017
Two public meetings related to county infrastructure projects are scheduled for this Wednesday, May 24, 2017.
Apr 26, 2017
In issuing the proclamation, the commission also noted the role the county’s Community Services Department plays in helping older adults thrive in the community. That role includes offering older adults numerous opportunities to serve their fellow citizens through the county’s Senior Volunteer Program.
Apr 25, 2017
The Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District will be electing a supervisor for District 4 on May 2, 2017, and the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District is holding elections for four of its seven seats on June 6, 2017.
Apr 19, 2017
Forest Road (FR) 376 will be closed from mile marker 5.0 approximately one mile north of the community of Gilman to mile marker 5.5 just north of the tunnels. Engineers expect the work, which could begin as early as May 1, 2017, to take no more than 45 days to complete.
Apr 5, 2017
This is the third year in which the Treasurer has implemented this service for taxpayers. “I believe this outreach has allowed us to provide direct services to our taxpayers within their own community. We look forward to visiting with constituents,” stated Treasurer Montoya.
Mar 31, 2017

Each year, this dedicated group volunteers thousands of hours serving other Sandoval County residents, primarily through one of three programs:

• Retired Senior Volunteer Program
• Senior Companions
• Foster Grandparents.

Mar 27, 2017
The county’s efforts at supporting E-base businesses is focused on small business owners, many whom are solo workers. This segment of the business community includes consultants, writers, artists, digital animators, financial advisors, accountants and those offering design services, medical transcription, and IT services.
Mar 15, 2017

The SYEP program allows eligible youth to earn money while gaining meaningful work experience, skills-oriented training, and career exposure. Youth from each of the County’s five commission districts will be selected to participate in the SYEP program.

Participants will work 20 hours per week for government and not-for-profit employers in all areas of Sandoval County, and will earn $7.50 an hour. Permanent residents of Sandoval County who are between the ages of 15 and 17 on or before June 5, 2017 are eligible to apply for this highly successful program.

Mar 7, 2017
The opening ceremonies begin at 9:00, and will be followed by a Talent Show and Dance Competition. The public is invited to both events. The games are open to Sandoval County resident age 50 and over. Seniors residing in other New Mexico Counties can compete in these games, but only Sandoval County residents will be eligible to represent the county in the New Mexico State Games, which will take place July 19 through July 23, 2017 in Albuquerque.
Feb 22, 2017
Commissioner Block read the proclamation as his son, Tyler, a member of the Rio Rancho football team, stood next to him. The proclamation noted that the team defeated the Las Cruces High School Bulldogs 39 -17 on December 3, 2016 to complete this perfect season. Rio Rancho High also had a perfect and a state championship in 2014.
Feb 22, 2017
Currently, the Department of Veterans Services—Gordon Schei and other department employees—are on the first floor of the county administration building  from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on the first Friday of each month.
Feb 17, 2017

This event also will serve as a grand re-opening of sorts for Sara’s Southwest Gallery, which moved into the El Zócalo Plaza in January of this year.
El Zócalo Plaza is a county-owned facility located at 264 Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo. The 3.5-acre complex houses the Sandoval County Visitors Center, which provides travel and entertainment-related information to more than 10,000 visitors each year. It also is home to the county’s department of Business Development and Tourism, as well as a number local small businesses, including Sara’s Southwest Gallery.

Feb 3, 2017
The recognition comes in the form of a three-year certificate of accreditation from the Adult Misdemeanor Compliance Accreditation Professional Standards Council. The council undertook an extensive, two-year review of the county’s program for supervising adults placed on probation for misdemeanor offenses that can include DWI or domestic violence.
Jan 30, 2017
Mr. Rios has worked for Sandoval County for nearly 20 years, serving as director of community services and public works, respectively, before being named interim county manager in April 2011.
Jan 30, 2017
The second-term commissioner representing a district that spans most of northern Rio Rancho was selected for the leadership position by a unanimous vote at the commission’s opening meeting for the year on January 12, 2017. His term as chairman will run for one year.
Jan 19, 2017
Schedule for public meetings on residential waste collection.
Jan 12, 2017
Employers like this program because New Mexico Workforce Connection pays the salary for the first 450 hours that a person in the target group works at the job. If a youth is in school, the program pays for 350 hours of work.
Dec 9, 2016
This intersection, just west of New Mexico Highway 528 and Sundt Road, will remain closed until the project’s anticipated completion date of mid to late March.
Nov 30, 2016
These outreach sessions are part of an ongoing effort by the NMDVS to make it easier for veterans throughout the state to get information about the benefits earned through their military service. For more information about this outreach, contact NMDVS Veterans Health Care Specialist Joseph Dorn at (505) 383-2414.
Nov 18, 2016
Garry Herron knows every local high school athlete, and he follows the careers of those who go on to have successful college and professional careers. In his spare time, Herron has written more than one book on baseball, along with a book on the history of the City of Rio Rancho.
Nov 17, 2016
Open Enrollment for the Affordable Health Care Act has begun. The Sandoval County Community Health Program has staff available to assist with the enrollment process. They also can assist individuals wishing to sign up for Medicaid.
Oct 27, 2016

This meeting—like the previous one—is aimed at seeking joint solutions to issues that affect all county residents. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Public safety
  • Community health/mental Health
  • Infrastructure
  • Establishing priorities for the upcoming legislative session. 
Oct 26, 2016

The work on Bosque Road was the most extensive, with crews transforming a former dirt road into one with smooth pavement. On Calle Loma and Windmill Road, crews repaired cracks and then added new sealing to smooth out roads that had become rather bumpy from heavy use over the years.

Oct 25, 2016
Sandoval County has been required to publish this annual report since 2015, when it was issued a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit for storm water discharges from municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) located in the Middle Rio Grande Watershed in the State of New Mexico.
Oct 24, 2016

The Sandoval County Juvenile Justice Advisory Board is seeking new members. The Juvenile Justice Board is a group of 15 volunteers who seek to reduce the incidence of delinquency in the community by helping develop programs that provide alternatives to placing young people in detention facilities.

Oct 21, 2016
While all county residents are asked to support the campaign by wearing red ribbons, the county’s DWI Prevention Program staff will focus its education efforts on middle school and high school students. Each day during the week, staff will visit schools to lead activities designed to help young people make the right choices in regard to alcohol and drugs.
Oct 20, 2016
This history of saving taxpayer money through bond refinancing came to light during the county commission’s meeting of October 16, 2016, when two such transactions were approved.
Oct 14, 2016
The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services is offering outreach and business counseling services at the Sandoval County Administration Building the first Friday of every month.
Oct 4, 2016
In a ceremony in the Town of Bernalillo, the Sandoval Economic Alliance announced that local small businesses created nearly 150 new jobs in the third quarter of this year—with the majority of the job growth occurring in the county’s smaller communities.
Sep 16, 2016

The Sandoval Health Collaborative is one of 50 local community organizations that have been awarded $10,000 in seed money to fund programs in the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. These organizations, dubbed the HealthyCommunity50, will continue competing for a series of grants over the next two years, with an ultimate award of $500,000 going to the entity that proves most successful at promoting healthy living among the residents of its community.  

Sep 16, 2016

Census data shows that 12.6 % of Sandoval County residents live in poverty. That’s not as large as the statewide rate of 21.3%, but it still means a fair number of county residents are in need when it comes to access to adequate nutrition. Representatives from the Roadrunner Food Bank brought this numbers to light during a presentation at the September 1, 2016 meeting of the Sandoval County Commission.

 

Sep 14, 2016
Eight health council members will be completing their terms at the end of 2016, which is why new members are being sought. The council is particularly in need of members who understand the health care needs of underserved groups such as low-income residents, people dealing with mental health or substance issues, or Native American families.
Sep 13, 2016

Because the Santa Ana Star Center also has a major music concert scheduled for that day, its management determined it could not accommodate voters as well. Instead, Rio Rancho City Hall, which is just north of the Star Center, will serve as a voting convenience center.

Sep 2, 2016

Over the years, Wes Basset became the consummate community servant—coaching little league, serving as a volunteer firefighter, and actively participating in local politics. His enthusiasm for serving the community is why District 3 Sandoval County Commissioner Don Chapman asked Basset to represent that area on the planning and zoning commission. It’s also why Commissioner Chapman asked his fellow county commissioner to join him in honoring Basset as a “Sandoval County Hero.”

Aug 30, 2016

“The floodplain tour demonstrated that your community is in compliance with our program and no outstanding issues have arisen,” FEMA Branch Chief Lisa Jennings wrote. She also said the county is eligible to participate in FEMA’s Community Rating System, which results in a reduction in premiums for the community’s flood insurance policyholders.

Aug 12, 2016

Several Sandoval County officials recently earned certificates confirming that they have attained a higher level of expertise in their respective fields. The certificates were awarded by New Mexico Edge, a nationally accredited program administered by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with the New Mexico Association of Counties.

Aug 4, 2016

“Some of the roads in the county and my district are in dire need of repair. I’ve been working with the county’s public works department to have these roads fixed. I’d like to share this news with the people from Peña Blanca and also to hear from them about other issues of concern,” commissioner Dominguez said.

 

Jul 22, 2016
A single adult can get a full-day pass for $5.00, with passes for youth 12 and under going for only $3.00. All-fair passes—offering admission for all seven days of the fair—are available for $10.00 if they’re purchased in advance, and $15.00 at the door. However, the best deal is a $25 family pass that buys entry for the entire fair if purchased in advance.  A  Family pass at the gate is $40.
Jul 18, 2016
"Effective immediately, the Sandoval County Fire Department will not be issuing burn permits of any kind in unincorporated Sandoval County," Fire Chief James Maxon said. “The burn ban is in response to dry conditions and numerous out of control brush fires that have occurred due to open burning.”
Jul 15, 2016
The current plan was adopted in 1987. The new plan is expected to provide broad strategic direction for managing all on the forest for the next 10 to 15 years.
Jul 8, 2016
On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, members of the Sandoval County Project Linus chapter will display some of their finest quilt work in the lobby of the County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Road in Bernalillo. This event, scheduled for 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, is a chance for the public learn more about the group’s work throughout the county.
Jun 30, 2016

These individuals, all senior citizens, are participants in the Sandoval County Foster Grandparents program. This program matches senior volunteers with students who have been identified by teachers as needing additional help to develop classroom skills and overall confidence.

Jun 29, 2016
The hearing will begin at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 in the Sandoval County Commission Chambers, 1500 Idalia Road, Building D, in Bernalillo.
Jun 24, 2016
This four-page, full-color publication points out of some of the best Sandoval County locations for hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, playing golf and other fun things do under the sun. It’s the perfect travel companion for out-of-towners looking to explore the county as well as locals seeking to add some adventure to their weekends.
Jun 13, 2016

The Sandoval County Commission has adopted a resolutions restricting the sale and use of fireworks in the unincorporated areas of the county from June 15, 2016 through July 15, 2016.

Jun 3, 2016
This year, nine students received the awards ranging from $1,000 to $1,500. They received their checks at the June 2, 2016 meeting of the Sandoval County Commission. All of the students plan to attend college in New Mexico.
Jun 2, 2016
Starting Thursday, June 2, 2016, all Sandoval County Commission meetings will be available for viewing live on the World Wide Web.
May 23, 2016
The memorial features more than 5,700 names and 1,500 photos.  Some of the photos are accompanied by stories of particularly heroic acts carried out by some of these brave individuals.  One story of great historical significance is that of Mexicana Chiquito and Muchacha, two Native American women who in 1886 served openly as women in the U.S. Army Scouts (special forces), thus becoming America's first GI Janes.
May 17, 2016
The area in which the work will be performed stretches from the interaction Los Pinos and US Highway 550 to the intersection of Los Pinos and Camino Del Rio Puerco. Construction crews will have flagging personnel present, and construction signs will be placed throughout the work zone. Motorists should be on high alert and exercise extreme caution when traveling through this area.
Apr 29, 2016
The activities, which typically start with the County Commission declaring May Older Americans Month through the county, is a chance to celebrate the lives our older neighbors have lived—and the things they continue to do to make live better for the rest of us.
Apr 13, 2016

The Sandoval County Fire Department has 8 districts and 20 fire stations throughout Sandoval County—including the South Fire District that covers Placitas, Algodones, and Santa Ana Pueblo.

The South District Fire Chief is Humberto Macias, who reports directly to the Sandoval County Fire Chief. Chief Macias oversees five stations within his district, three of them located in Placitas. Firefighters across this district respond to an average of 220 emergency calls each month, the vast majority of which (at least with 85%) are emergency medical calls.

I am glad to report that the Sandoval County Fire Department’s South District was recently rated by the Insurance Services Office. The district’s fire protection was raised from a Class 6 to a Class 5. This means homeowners in the Placitas area may qualify for lower insurance rates (if you are within 1,000 feet of a recognized fire hydrant). This is the best fire insurance rating that we’ve ever had in the Placitas area. We are only 1.5 points from an even better Class 4 rating, which I expect to happen within the next 12 months.

The Insurance Services Office (ISO) has been rating fire departments in the United States since 1927. The ISO rating is based on how well the fire department is anticipated to control and extinguish a structure fire. The rating is comprised of 50% fire department ability, 40% water system ability, 10 % dispatch ability and extra credit for fire prevention activities. The best ISO score is a Class 1 with a Class 10 being no fire department, or an area being than 5 road miles from a fire station.

The water supply is the area in which South Fire District is in greatest need of improvement. The following water systems do not qualify as recognized fire protection water supplies either because of capacity or lack of water main size:

• Apache Mesa
• High Mesa Water Association
• Overlook Water Association
• The Algodones Water system.

The county will be working with these water systems to see if improvements can be made to enhance their ability to be recognized as a fire protection water source. The county fire department will still use fire hydrants on these water systems in most instances, however insurance companies view them as being inadequate.

Staffing is the second area in which the South Fire District can improve, having scored 2.83 out of 15 points in that category in the recent ISO rating. The district currently has four paid firefighters on duty each day (two at the Petroglyph Trails fire station and two at the Santa Ana Pueblo fire station by the Casino) and an average of eight volunteer firefighters avaiblie to respond for structure fires. We will continue to recruit volunteer firefighters and evaluate our paid staffing.

We are proud of our accomplishment in upgrading the South District’s ISO rating and will certainly be there for you if you need us. For more information about the Sandoval County Fire Department www.sandovalfire.org.

James Maxon,
Fire Chief
Sandoval County

Apr 11, 2016

Taxpayers who have questions or need assistance with the payment process will have a chance to meet with staff from the county treasurer’s office at a local community or senior center. In addition to answering questions, these staff members will accept property tax payments by cash, check, debit/credit card or money order.

Apr 4, 2016
Based on numbers from Fiscal Year 2016, Sandoval County’s General Fund Budget of just more than $85 million dollars is the lowest of New Mexico’s Class A counties.  Sandoval County also ranked lowest in terms of dollars spent per resident, as well as the number of county employees per 10,000 residents.
Mar 17, 2016
For 2016, Sandoval County was ranked second in terms of health outcomes, which is a measure of how long a county’s residents typically live and how healthy they feel while alive.
Mar 11, 2016
The SYEP program allows eligible youth to earn money while gaining meaningful work experience, skills-oriented training, and career exposure. Youth from each of the County’s five commission districts will be selected to participate in the SYEP program.
Mar 3, 2016
"We see the NMIL helping to drive the development of the skilled labor force while providing technological assistance to our local businesses and community," said Dianne Maes, Sandoval County's director of business development. "The students will have the opportunity to solve real business problems and develop entrepreneurial solutions. That's why the county supports this project."
Feb 12, 2016
Joe Sierra, Rio Rancho market president for Century Bank, advised business owners seeking bank financing to start talking with bankers before submitting a loan application. “If you start talking to your bankers early, you can eliminate a lot of the hurdles,” he said.
Jan 15, 2016
Deputy Marin Orlando Carrillo’s peers showed just how highly they think of him by selecting him as the 2015 Sandoval County Deputy of the Year.
Jan 4, 2016

From Jan. 2-15, 2016, cut trees that have had all decorations, tinsel, tree spikes, and stands removed can be brought to the following locations:

• Sandoval County Landfill, 2708 Iris Road (can be dropped off between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday).

• Rio Rancho Sports Complex, 3501 High Resort Blvd. (can be dropped off at any time).

Dec 22, 2015

Sandoval County Offices will be closed on Thursday, December 24, 2015 and Friday, December 25, 2015.
All offices will maintain normal business hours Monday, December 28 through Thursday, December 31, 2015. Offices will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2016.

Dec 17, 2015
The Sandoval County Landfill will have varying hours for the rest of the year to accommodate the holidays.
Dec 11, 2015
From Dec. 17 to 23, the intersection of Idalia and Camino Encantadas will be closed. The entrance to the county courthouse and administration building, which are just east of this intersection, will remain open.
Nov 20, 2015
For $15.00, you can purchase a cookbook with more than 300 recipes submitted by the same people who make blankets to comfort children in times of crisis. Proceeds from the sales of the “Quilters Cookbook” will be used to purchase materials for making more of those blankets.
Nov 18, 2015

The Sandoval County Treasurer’s Office is making it possible for property owners to save time, paper and money by opting to receive their tax bills electronically.

 

Nov 9, 2015
This DWI Awareness Day event will take place on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. The program is scheduled to run from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, with a reception to follow.
Nov 9, 2015
Treasurer Laura M. Montoya will have Sandoval County Tax Researcher Liaisons visiting Senior/Community Centers throughout the county to assist with questions and payments of property taxes. They will be accepting property tax payments by cash, check, debit/credit cards and money order. In addition to the outreach services, the Treasurer has provided convenient methods of payment and locations during the November/December tax season.
Nov 4, 2015
The National Association of Counties (NACo) Live Healthy program offers all county residents the opportunity to save money with discounts on everyday prescriptions, dental and health services and procedures. Residents can save an average of 24%* off the retail price of prescription medicine and 5% to 50% on the cost of dental and health check-ups, cleanings, fillings, vision services, hearing aids, diabetes supplies, prepaid laboratory tests and more.
Nov 3, 2015

The Community Health Program will provide individuals and families the opportunity to work with trained professionals to review coverage options, find out if they qualify for financial assistance, and sign up or re-enroll for a plan that meets their needs.

Nov 2, 2015
The building, equipped with a full-service kitchen, cost $555,230 to build. The CDBG grant covered $460,745 of that cost, with the remainder coming from county funds.
Oct 30, 2015
The Sandoval County Treasurer’s Office has shown a steady increase in the amount of property taxes collected over the past five years. The overall collection rate has improved, thanks in part to a new emphasis on pursuing delinquent accounts before they are transferred to New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue’s Property Tax Division (PTD).
Oct 28, 2015
Following three hours of discussion, including breakout sessions on the five major topics, it became clear that all communities across Sandoval County have similar priorities.
Oct 28, 2015
The presentation was given by Community Partners, Inc., a Tucson, Ariz., company that has been contracted to help the county create a coordinated behavioral health care system within Bernalillo County.
Oct 12, 2015
The hearing will begin at 10:00 am in the County Commission Chambers on the third floor of the County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Rd, in Bernalillo. Seniors 60 and older can arrange free transportation to the meeting by calling 505-867-7535.
Oct 12, 2015

Seven health council members will be completing their terms at the end of 2015, which is why new members are being sought. The council is particularly in need of members who understand the health care needs of underserved groups such as low-income residents, people dealing with mental health or substance issues, or Native American families.

Oct 9, 2015

The county commission issued a proclamation formally designating the period from Friday, October 23, 2015 to Friday, October 30, 2015 as Red Ribbon Week in Sandoval County. While all county residents are asked to support the campaign by wearing red ribbons, the county’s DWI Prevention Program staff will focus its education efforts on middle school and high school students

Oct 6, 2015

This meeting is designed for government leaders to seek joint solutions to issues that affect all county residents. 

Sep 16, 2015
The Sandoval County Fire Department created this 8-week program as a means of helping county residents understand how fire and emergency medical personnel go about their jobs.
Sep 14, 2015
At the state fair, as they do at many other community events, program representatives will answer questions about the voting process for all citizens. They also can assist citizens with voter registration.
Sep 2, 2015
Lieutenant Charlie Molinari and Assistant Chief Brian Culp of the Sandoval County Fire Department recently completed the first half of a two-year course of advanced officer training at the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy.
Aug 27, 2015
The Sandoval County Fire Department was featured in a story on KRQE News 13 highlighting a new firefighting technique known as SLICERS. The key letter in the acronym, as the New 13 story notes, is the C, which stands for Cool from the safest location.
Aug 21, 2015
This two-day motorcycle trek through northern New Mexico is fundraiser for 4-H youth programs operated by the New Mexico Cooperative Extensive Service. The pre-race reception is scheduled from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Friday, August 28, 2015. Opening ceremonies kickoff at 7:30 am Saturday, August 29, 2015, with riders scheduled to their northward trek at 8:30 am.
Aug 11, 2015
In exchange for the free training and certification, class participants must agree to spend 4 to 6 hours per month volunteering to help conduct juvenile offender mediations for the first year after completing training. After gaining mediation experience, program participants will be able to market themselves as professional mediators and compete for paid assignments.
Aug 11, 2015
More than a dozen local employers will be there taking resumes, and possibly conducting onsite interviews, at a job fair co-sponsored by the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce and New Mexico Workforce Connection.
Aug 10, 2015
This event will showcase New Mexico's highly acclaimed craft breweries, as well as some others from around the mountain west region.
Aug 7, 2015
“The entire team performed well, especially considering it was their first competition, and they were operating unfamiliar equipment,” said Public Works Director Tommy Mora. However, Cisneros stood out in the backhoe completion, besting all other operators to take first place.
Jul 27, 2015
The Native American Voting Rights Program was created to ensure that the county's Native American population has equal access to all phases of the electoral process. However, it doesn’t mean the program provides services solely to Native Americans.
Jul 23, 2015

The one-day workshop is scheduled for 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Friday, July 31, 2015 at the Walatowa Visitor Center, 7413 Highway 4, Jemez Pueblo. 

Jul 16, 2015

From 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on that day, county residents will be to ask questions and raise issues they would like the Congresswoman to consider. 

Jul 8, 2015
“My decision to retire was not an easy one because I love my job,” Gutierrez said. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve Sandoval County."
Jun 24, 2015

This could be called a Health and Well-Being fair, with experts on improving physical, mental, emotional, and financial health expected to be on hand.

 

Jun 19, 2015

This annual event truly offers events that appeal to folks of all ages.  It’s also offers the most fun a family can have without busting its budget.  A single adult can get a full-day pass for $5.00, with passes for youth 12 and under going for only $3.00. However, the best deal is a $25 family pass that buys entry for the entire fair if you pre-purchase. Family pass at the gate is $40.

Jun 15, 2015

The fireworks restrictions were requested by Sandoval County Fire Chief James Maxon, who said he wanted to take this precaution leading up to the Fourth of July holiday weekend, which traditionally is a time of heavy fireworks use. 

Jun 11, 2015
The program does not offer any job guarantees for veterans. However, it does ensure that hiring managers will see the applications of any veteran who meets the minimum qualifications for open positions.
Jun 5, 2015
Each year, Comcast funds scholarships for high-achieving students at Bernalillo High who plan to further their education.  The county commission then selects the winners and awards the scholarships.
Jun 1, 2015
The Sandoval Economic Alliance (SEA) is a private, not-for-profit economic development corporation established to strengthen and diversify the economic base of Rio Rancho and Sandoval County, New Mexico. The alliance will use proceeds from both events to support its efforts at creating jobs and improving the quality of life in Sandoval County.
May 15, 2015
Five top county officials are slated to provide updates on their operations, staring with County Manager Phillip Rios, who will describe some of the efforts the county commission has taken in recent years to help all Sandoval County communities grow and prosper.
May 13, 2015

“We don’t want to disclose the locations or the times of the checkpoints,” said Diane Irwin, executive administrator of the county’s DWI and Prevention Program, “but they will be in different parts of the county.”

May 13, 2015
La Cueva motorists are advised that Elk Trail Road will be closed to all through traffic at the Elk Trail Crossing to perform construction work within the roadway.
May 8, 2015

This is a chance for citizens to meet with law enforcement personnel in a relaxed atmosphere to learn more about how these agencies serve the community. It’s also a chance for anyone aspiring to be a law enforcement officer to talk with hiring officials from multiple agencies.

May 8, 2015

Each year, the county participates in this nationwide celebration that acknowledges the significant contributions that senior have made, and continue to make, to ensure a better life for future generations. That acknowledgement includes a proclamation issued by the Sandoval County at its May 7, 2015 meeting declaring May Older Americans Month throughout the county.

May 7, 2015

What does National Park status mean for this popular recreational area that the Yahoo! Travel website says is “practically made for the adventure traveler?”

To find out, you can attend one of three “listening sessions” the Park Service is hosting Monday through Wednesday, May 11 – 13 in Albuquerque, Jemez Springs and Los Alamos.

Apr 8, 2015
“I hope this outreach gives taxpayers another convenient option to make property tax payments while offering an opportunity for posing questions regarding taxes, exemptions and other matters that affect taxpayers,” stated Treasurer Montoya.
Apr 3, 2015
Citizens attending the April 16 open house will gain insight to nearly all county services. The tour will include an explanation of the services provided by each county department.  Citizens also will be able to tour the county’s newest fire station on Santa Ana Pueblo and the historic El Zócalo Visitors and Event Center in downtown Bernalillo.
Apr 3, 2015
Citizens attending the April 16 open house will gain insight to nearly all county services. The tour will include an explanation of the services provided by each county department.  Citizens also will be able to tour the county’s newest fire station on Santa Ana Pueblo and the historic El Zócalo Visitors and Event Center in downtown Bernalillo.
Mar 30, 2015

 The goal is encourage citizens to consciously take actions that reduce the risk of wildfires that have devastated communities across the Southwest in recent years. 

Mar 27, 2015
For 40 years Dr. Kozoll has provided medical treatment for the members of this community, but he has done many other things as well.  Whether it is transplanting and maintaining trees at the St Fancies of Assisi Park, building trails at the school, helping to design the park, and working on the Continental Divide Trail or writing grants for projects, he is always looking forward to the next project that will help the community.
Mar 13, 2015
the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department’s Property Tax Division has scheduled a property tax auction in Sandoval County on March 31, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
Mar 12, 2015
Nurturing the leaders of tomorrow is the primary goal of 4-H clubs, and this past February a group of local 4-H members got a chance to see some of New Mexico’s current leaders in action during Youth Day at the state legislature.
Mar 9, 2015
The SYEP program allows eligible youth to earn money while gaining meaningful work experience, skills-oriented training, and career exposure. Youth from each of the County’s five commission districts will be selected to participate in the SYEP program.
Feb 19, 2015

Specialists from the Sandoval County Community Health program will be on hand to provide assistance to anyone who might have questions or need assistance applying for Medicaid. They also will assist anyone who might qualify for one of three programs that help low-income citizens pay the premiums, deductibles and co-payments associated with Medicare.

Feb 16, 2015
The Kitchen Creations course offers a roadmap for simple preparation of a variety of meals appropriate for people with diabetes.
Jan 9, 2015

The deputies—two veterans and one recent Law Enforcement Academy graduate—received special recognition at the January 8, 2015 meeting of the Sandoval County Commission.

Jan 7, 2015

The local event will be held from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Sandoval County Health Commons, 1500 Idalia Road, Building B, in Bernalillo. 

Jan 6, 2015
Six recently elected county officials took their oaths of office on December 31, 2014, and the next day began four-terms of serving the citizens of Sandoval County.